Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Activists addressing trauma and building resilience

Workshop Number: 
Bette Rainbow Hoover
Experiential Activities: 
part-time attenders welcome (can come any day; some might only attend Thursday or Friday)
half gathering attenders welcome
First half (Monday-Wednesday)
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

We will de-construct trauma to understand its effects on us and our work for social change. Using movement, play and popular education activities, participants learn ways to build the resiliency needed for life-long activism. From that place of wholeness and compassion, we work passionately for peace with justice for all.

Workshop Description

Participants will explore the effects of personal and political traumas on ourselves and our work for justice.  Interactive activities will include: trauma healing activities from AVP (Alternative to Violence Project), movement (basic yoga), playful games for community building and worship. As we explore our own woundedness, we may gain a deeper understanding of how the hurt places affect us and our work for social justice. As we share our passion for peace and hopes of leaving the world a better place than we found it, we renew our strength and build resiliency for the journey.

Leader Experience

I have been leading experiential workshops since 1993 when I started facilitating Alternative to Violence Workshops in maximum security prisons.  As the Director of the Washington DC local office of the American Friends Service Committee for over 10 years, I led numerous workshops in both the faith and political arenas.  In recent years, I lead retreats to build resiliencey for leadership of non-profits working for social change in Nicaragua and Honduras.  I co-led the Intergenerational Plenary at Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Annual Session on August 2, 2017.  152 people participated in the interactive workshop, "Nonviolence and Social Action for All Ages."